The ADAA 2017 Conference brought close to 1,300 clinicians and researchers from across the United States and around the world together in San Francisco to share, network, collaborate and learn about cutting-edge thinking in research and clinical practice. It was four days of unparalleled educational content. Conference attendees left feeling energized, more connected to their peers and better able to integrate research, practice and community.
Many thanks to the 2017 Conference Committee chaired by Gordon Asmundson. The committee’s dedication and hard work helped ensure a wonderfully successful event.
And many thanks to our speakers, keynotes, sponsors and exhibitors. You can view a list of all sponsors, exhibitors and keynotes here.
The 2017 ADAA Conference Hit Record Highs!
- Record Attendance: 1278
- Record Number of New Research Posters: 387
- Record Number of International Attendees: 155
- Record Number of Sessions, Meetings and Special Events: 186
- Record Number of Sponsors: 10
- Record Number of Exhibitors: 30
The opening session featured an overview of ADAA’s mission and accomplishments by ADAA President Karen Cassiday. The 2017 Donald F. Klein; Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program; and Member Recognition awardees and participants were honored. Departing board members Simon Rego and Anne Marie Albano were recognized as was Peter Roy-Byrne, departing Depression and Anxiety Journal editor-in-chief. The opening keynote by Stephen C. Hayes on “The Power of Turning Toward: Why Psychological Flexibility Matters for Clients and Practitioners Alike” was engaging and energetic. The Jerilyn Ross Lecture by Giovanni Fava on “Well-Being Therapy” was standing room only.
The opening evening reception was sponsored by Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Judith Beck and Lisa Pote spoke and welcomed everyone to the conference. Judith Beck also presented a Master Clinician session.
Session highlights included a full-day workshop (with record attendance) with Reid Wilson, Master Clinician sessions and Timely Topic sessions, the 20th Annual Scientific Symposium, and more than 170 sessions of a broad range of clinical and research topics.
There were also two poster sessions where young professionals presented their current research.
Special conference events included a first time attendee breakfast, SIG breakfasts, networking breakfasts and coffee breaks with the exhibitors, a film screening and discussion of the documentary “Confession,” and a fun evening at the historic prohibition era nightclub Slide.
ADAA was also honored to offer a special community project for our attendees and speakers. More than 60 special notecards were written with get-well wishes and thanks to hospitalized veterans residing at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Many thanks to ADAA member Lynn Martin from the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Healthcare System for collaborating with ADAA on this meaningful project.
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